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Check engine light on smells like burning & skipping when idling

My check engine lights been on a while. The mechanic ran a diagnostic test and said i had to go to the dealership because an evap code came up. However, the car has been running fine until today when i was driving up a steep hill the engine misfired. Then the check engine light started flashing, I laid off the gas and dropped it down out of overdrive and then it stopped flashing. After this happened whenever I was sitting at a light the engine would trip like it was going to stop working. To solve this I would keep my foot on the accelerator and brake at the same time until I could move again(when doing this it would stop tripping up). I'm pretty sure the last time I was at the mechanic I had my fuel injector either replaced or cleaned. I am very broke right now so I can't afford to go back to the mechanic. Is there a way that if I keep driving it until I am able to go get it fixed that I'm going to do more damage?

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An EVAP code is emissions and should not harm the engine. A flashing check engine light is a bad thing. When it is flashing it is telling you it has a missfire bad enough to damage the catylist, converter or engine. I would worry about that more than any EVAP code. Good Luck

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